Scherzer strikes out 16; Brew­ers given past­ing by Na­tion­als, los­ing 4-0

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Max Scherzer struck out a Na­tion­al­srecord 16 bat­ters and al­lowed just one hit, los­ing his per­fect-game bid on a sin­gle that barely fell in bounds dur­ing the sev­enth in­ning to lead Wash­ing­ton to a 4-0 win over the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers on Sun­day.

Car­los Gomez got Mil­wau­kee’s only hit, lead­ing off the sev­enth with a bro­ken-bat looper to right field just be­yond the out­stretched glove of sec­ond base­man An­thony Ren­don. Scherzer looked the other away af­ter the ball dropped.

Af­ter los­ing his last two starts, Scherzer (7-5) re­bounded with the most over­pow­er­ing game of his ca­reer, which in­cludes a Cy Young Award, two All-Star se­lec­tions and a lot of strike­outs. In the first sea­son of a US$210 mil­lion, seven-year con­tract, Scherzer got his sec­ond com­plete game in his 211th ca­reer start.

Scherzer set a ca­reer high for strike­outs and broke the Wash­ing­ton mark of 14 set by Stephen Stras­burg.

The Toronto Blue Jays won their 11th straight game to equal the team record, trounc­ing the Bos­ton Red Sox 13-5 af­ter Ryan Goins home­red, dou­bled and drove in five runs.

Danny Va­len­cia also home­red as the high­estscor­ing club in the ma­jors com­pleted a sweep at Fen­way Park and sent Bos­ton to its sea­son-worst sixth straight loss.

This is the fourth time Toronto has won 11 in a row, most re­cently in 2013. The Blue Jays can set the team mark Mon­day night when they visit the New York Mets.

Goins’ three-run homer capped a six-run fourth in­ning as the Blue Jays roughed up rookie Ed­uardo Ro­driguez (2-1).

Pitts­burgh’s Josh Har­ri­son sin­gled home Neil Walker with two outs in the 11th to lift the Pi­rates over the Philadel­phia Phillies 1-0.

Walker sin­gled off Jonathan Papel­bon (1-1) to start the late rally. Jose Ta­bata reached when Philadel­phia short­stop Freddy Galvis threw a rou­tine grounder into the stands. Har­ri­son fol­lowed with a crisp shot up the mid­dle as the Pi­rates won their fourth straight.

An­to­nio Bas­tardo (2-1) picked up the win with an in­ning of score­less re­lief. The Pi­rates have swept six se­ries this sea­son, the most of any team in the ma­jors.

In San Fran­cisco, Rubby De La Rosa took an eighthit­ter into the ninth in­ning as the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs blanked the Gi­ants 4-0 in Chris He­ston’s first start com­ing off a no-hit­ter.

He­ston pitched his gem against the New York Mets on Tues­day in his 13th ma­jor league start. His shot at match­ing Johnny Van­der Meer’s record of throw­ing con­sec­u­tives no-hit­ters in 1938 ended with one out in the sec­ond when Jake Lamb dou­bled.

The rookie right-han­der gave up three runs — two earned — on seven hits. He walked four and struck out two. He­ston (6-5) had won four of his pre­vi­ous five de­ci­sions.

The Tampa Bay edged the Chicago White Sox 2-1 af­ter As­drubal Cabr­era hit a two-run homer off Chris Sale in the sev­enth in­ning, help­ing the Rays com­plete a three-game sweep.

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